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George Michael dead at age 53

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 25, 2016 at 8:31 pm

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  1. So?

    anonymousse

    December 25, 2016 at 9:09 pm

  2. I’ll admit it – I’m sad about this. He was a wonderful singer – and a symbol of 1980’s young adulthood. He and I didn’t have anything in common. He probably would have thought me too prissy (his comment “sex is natural, sex is good, not everybody does it but everybody should” was written with people like me in mind)

    What is everyone else’s favorite George Michael song? Mine is “Father figure.”

    How many people listened to “Wake me up before you go-go” for months, or in my case years, before knowing he was singing about masturbation? The “I’m not planning on going solo” should have tipped me off. For some reason it didn’t. It wasn’t until years later when I heard someone describe the song that I was informed of it’s subject!

    Maryk

    December 25, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    • Maryk – I don’t think that is what the song is about! I think it is just about having such an “exciting” life that one is worried that one will fall asleep and not wake up before one’s friends head out for the next “exciting” party”… but what do I know? In 1988 or thereabouts I made a pretty woman laugh by pretending not to know the name of the song – I said “oh you like the wake me up” song” – she was listening to it on whatever passed for a transistor radio in 1988. So George Michael helped me make a pretty woman laugh. I owe him that. He was a talented entertainer. I had to look him up on Wikipedia to make sure that he was not the same guy as Boy George, though, so I am obviously not one of his biggest fans . With him and Carrie Fisher and Prince and several others doing so poorly, health-wise, recently, I think that those of us who care about others should try to give good advice to anyone tempted to try cocaine – cocaine has long-term bad effects on the heart! Don’t do it! Not saying that the substitutes are any better – weed is really bad for some people, it has very bad mental effects on many people in that group of people who are not as simple-minded as WIlly Nelson, bless his innocent old heart, and heroin is really really bad unless you are Keith Richards or someone like that, and I doubt it was all that good for him either…Well let’s pray for Mr. Michaels. I assume he grew up an Orthodox Greek Christian: they believe that when we die we go through several “stations” or “ordeals” before reaching heaven, assuming that we died in a state of grace. It is always good to pray for other people no matter what.

      howitzer daniel

      December 25, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    • “Last Christmas” is my favorite George Michael song which is interesting because most Christmas music is boring to me. I just think it’s a wonderful song and I have never gotten tired of it.

      “Father Figure” is actually my worst George Michael song. I didn’t like the lyrics when it was a hit in the late 80s because I was a young wimpy guy who did not project any dominance, I felt I was the extreme opposite of a father figure,. The lyric “I have had enough of crime” upset me because I hated when girls date criminals. The way I looked at it even if he said he had enough of crime, he is still a criminal at the essence of his being and was likely to eventually return to crime. I also didn’t like the idea of a convict becoming a “preacher teacher”. So everytime I heard the song (which was a LOT at the time) all these unpleasant thoughts would come to my mind.

      Jay Fink

      December 26, 2016 at 6:36 am

    • Well I never knew it was about masturbation… huh, I never knew what the Choose Life t shirts were about either, if it was a pro-life thing or a ironic kind of thing or whatever.
      I always like hearing Freedom 90, great bridge. I never quite got the controversy about I want your Sex, seemed tame to me, but maybe I’m remembering from todays vantage point.
      I remember an interview he gave with the other guy when he broke up Wham, he was all excited and optimistic about the future and the other guy was not quite the same.

      2 Minute Alpha

      December 26, 2016 at 9:25 am

  3. R.I.P George Michael. Beyond sad, you were a legend, and you were far too young. Blasting “Last Christmas” now.

    iFixr

    December 25, 2016 at 10:26 pm

  4. Half-Greco Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou died a day later when his maternal ancestors would be lighting a candle for their holiday. The curse for being a Greek with ancestors tied to the Maccabees.

    JS

    December 25, 2016 at 11:29 pm

  5. David Pinsen

    December 26, 2016 at 12:30 am

  6. alternative headline: promiscuous gay drug addict found dead, awaiting post-mortem results

    Barton Parker

    December 26, 2016 at 1:20 am

  7. This makes me reflect on Sailer’s White Death epidemic.
    We assume that rising levels of disposable income correlate with increasing life spans and that’s probably true for people who are, (or aspire to be ) middle class but for proles whose incomes rise into middle or upper class territory the money is spent on hedonistic indulgence in particular prescription drugs.
    Essentially proles are using their prosperity to indulge in a sex n drugs n rock n roll lifestyle and like actual pop celebrities are dropping dead two or three decades before their alloted span.
    Blacks with their more robust hunter gatherer physiques can take more (self) abuse but even they can’t maintain the lifestyle for much longer.
    Despite the grumbling we hear constantly people on disability welfare have more money to spend in real terms than say auto workers in the seventies.

    Dr Hook

    December 26, 2016 at 5:34 am

    • To develop the point a bit this implies that Lions guaranteed income would be used to subsidize a druggy lifestyle just like a lot of welfare does currently.
      Even non drug users are signing up for oxycontin and fentanyl prescriptions in order to sell the pills to their pals who will coach the straw purchasors in what story to spin to the doctor.

      Dr Hook

      December 26, 2016 at 5:53 am

      • I’m for basic income that covers living costs and no more. Go find self actualization work if you want to go on a cocaine trip.

        JS

        December 26, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    • What you say is true. I know of people on disability who spend their whole check on drugs and live on the street. A woman I know has a mother (in her early 50s) who does this. I was told she used to be a mainstream person before the drugs.

      I have a friend who is a social worker and what he told me has become common recently is for people to spend all their SSI/welfare on drugs and alcohol and a nice hotel room for a few days. They party like rock stars then go homeless until the next check (or debit card load) arrives.

      So from actual rock stars to welfare recipients who want to party like they are rock stars, drugs are really having a bad impact right now.

      Jay Fink

      December 26, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      • Presumably they have shelters, free food, etc, until next month rolls around.

        Glengarry

        December 26, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      • Yes they do. In fact my friend is a social worker at a shelter. They never go hungry and always have shelter. The system is an enabler, these people never hit rock bottom. They can live this lifestyle as long as they like (or until they OD) all at taxpayer expense.

        Jay Fink

        December 26, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    • For what it’s worth George Michael wasn’t parole. His father was a successful entrepreneur and George grew up in an upscale neighborhood. Furthermore his accent clearly has more than a hint of posh to it.

      roli

      December 26, 2016 at 7:42 pm

  8. I wonder what he died of.

    Peter

    ironrailsironweights

    December 26, 2016 at 9:39 am

    • Heart attack. But when someone relatively young and famous dies of a heart attack, you can’t help but wonder if maybe a lifetime of doing hard drugs damaged their heart.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      December 26, 2016 at 9:45 am

      • BBC repeated ‘peaceful’ over and over in their coverage, which of course makes you wonder if he actually died with a grotesque rictus.

        Is heart attack a peaceful death? I wouldn’t have thought so.

        Glengarry

        December 26, 2016 at 3:30 pm

  9. Another croaked performer, another reason to avoid Facebook for the next few days. Let the faux mourning begin! And since Carrie Fisher will probably die in a few days, I think I’ll just avoid Fakebook for the rest of the year, at least.

    Oh yeah, to say nothing of all the “worst year ever! waahhh! waahhh! [soils diaper]” posts that are going to happen.

    But seriously, George Michael was a blip on the pop music scene. I wasn’t particularly fans of either Prince or Bowie, but while I think they are both over-rated, at least they deserve to be rated. Michael wasn’t much of anybody. He had some hits, but he was just another pop singer.

    peterike

    December 26, 2016 at 11:15 am

    • Thing about pop music and pop culture in general, particularly before the fragmentation of the Internet era, is that lots of artists have a song or a movie or a book that happened to mean something to someone at some point in time. Maybe you happened to hear ‘Freedom’ just after a breakup, or ‘Teacher’ just before one. Heck, I saw the Transformers movie (the cartoon) just as I was old enough to understand death, so it affected me in a way it wouldn’t have if I’d been 2 years older or younger, and not because the movie itself was some masterpiece of filmmaking.

      SFG

      December 26, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    • His pozzed christmas song was on repeat for a month in the cafes around here, so not entirely forgotten.

      That apart, I do enjoy the despair of the left. Even better when their tantrums fizzle into nothing. What would be a nice close of 2016? Seeing that the homo-pedo (it’s like mani-pedi, it just fits together) lawyer who just had to signal his virtue at Ivanka, was fired.

      Glengarry

      December 26, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    • On George Michael’s YouTube clips I was sickened by the endless “worst year ever” comments which included Trump’s win in the mix with Bowie, Prince, and George Michael’s deaths.

      Jay Fink

      December 26, 2016 at 4:21 pm

  10. According to Rolling Stone, “Wake Me Up …” was the 50th greatest hit of 1984, “pop music’s greatest year.”
    Hall & Oates’ “Out of Touch” was only the 77th greatest. This proves that people have no taste.

    Marty

    December 26, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    • It’s a matter of taste. “Wake Me Up” seemed like something special to me. The perfect pop song. “Out of Touch” seemed like a high quality pop song, but more vanilla, generic and forgettable.

      Jay Fink

      December 26, 2016 at 4:26 pm

  11. Worst Part is he had to leave his friends behind….

    Buroaker

    December 26, 2016 at 4:37 pm

  12. odd this should happen. i was a libertarian until now. now i know $200m can’t save one from an untimely death.

    i’m so scared. everything i believed was wrong. i thought people with $200m in wealth were superhuman.

    Vancouver! Vamcouver! This is it!

    December 26, 2016 at 7:51 pm


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